ACM Computing Surveys - Short Papers get accelerated reading?!

I Find Karma (
Wed, 25 Feb 1998 09:24:40 -0800

Fascinating - I just finally read the new ACM Computing Surveys charter

and discovered that they accelerate refereeing on 1000-word articles.
Frank Manola has a decent paper in one of these issues a few years back.
Can you hear the gears in my head grinding as I paste the Charter here?
-- Adam

ACM Computing Surveys Editorial Charter

The primary purposes of the ACM Computing Surveys are to present new
specialties and help practitioners and researchers stay abreast of all
areas in the rapidly evolving field of computing. Computing Surveys
focuses on integrating and adding understanding to the existing
literature. This is accomplished by publishing surveys, tutorials, short
articles, and symposia on special topics of interest to the membership
of ACM.

Surveys and Tutorials

Computing Surveys does not publish ``new'' research. This is left to the
Transactions and other specialized publications of of the ACM. Instead,
Computing Surveys focuses on surveys and tutorials that integrate the
existing literature and put its results in context.

The main difference between a survey and a tutorial is emphasis. A
survey article assumes a general knowledge of the area; it emphasizes
the classification of the existing literature, developing a perspective
on the area, and evaluating trends. A tutorial assumes its audience is
inexpert; it emphasizes the basic concepts of the field and provides
concrete examples that embody these concepts.

Both surveys and tutorials must develop a framework or overall view of
an area that integrates the existing literature. Frequently, such a
framework exposes topics that need additional research; a good Computing
Surveys article can fill such a void, but that is not its major
purpose. Basically, a Computing Surveys article answers the questions,
``What is currently known about this area, and what does it mean to
researchers and practitioners?'' It should supply the basic knowledge to
enable new researchers to enter the area, current researchers to
continue developments, and practitioners to apply the results.

Short Articles

Short articles of approximately 1000 words may be on any topic of
interest to readers of Computing Surveys, and receive accelerated
refereeing. During 1995 Computing Surveys published 12 short articles
responding to the Hartmanis Turing Award lecture, a collection of six
short articles on software engineering, a symposium of 22 short articles
on artificial intelligence, and a symposium of 27 short articles on

Symposia on Special Topics

Computing Surveys also publishes Symposia on special topics. These
consist of collections of short articles solicited by one or more guest
editors from a group of invited contributors or by open invitation to
the professional community. These are reviewed in a manner similar to
regular submissions but on an accelerated schedule.


The Editors-in-Chief welcome suggestions for topics and questions about
contemplated submissions. Potential authors should consult the
Information for Authors. A number of the ACM Special Interest Groups
describe their scope and tutorial needs in Computing Surveys Volume 27,
Number 1, pp. 121-137. Authors and readers both are encouraged to peruse
the Computing Surveys World Wide Web (WWW) pages

for related information, including lists of past and future articles and
links to published algorithms. These pages also can be reached through
the ACM WWW pages at

ACM Computing Surveys is at

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